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This review is from: Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son - Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
Like many others I prefer my DJ unplugged and raw. When the songs are strong this kind of
over-production only serves to obscure them.
A few points are worth making though.
Jurado's singing and songwriting post St Bartlett are as strong or stronger than they've ever been.
The best songs here match anything in his extensive back catalogue - Jericho, Silver Catharine, Metallic
Track down "Live At The Warehouse" online to hear how these songs can sound performed live and solo.
They'll blow the top of your head off. Jurado is one of those singers who needs an audience to give
him an edge, to really make him come alive.
Having heard how they should sound you can start to appreciate an album like this just for what it is. Let's
revisit my opening sentence. When songs are this strong it can be good to hear them in more than one
guise. DJ seems to tour and perform extensively. I guess it must be fun for him to hear how his songs
sound dressed up a bit for a change. I prefer them live, but I'm coming to love, or at least like them
this way too.
I found something similar with the previous album, Maraqopa. At first I found it flat and disappointing.
But having heard some of the songs live, and heard how good they are, I've been going back to the album
more and more, and coming to appreciate it more and more. Again, the best songs on there are pretty
much as good as it gets.
Mature work from a mature artist, and as such it deserves to be given a few second chances. I'm beginning
to get into it myself. That's why I'm dishing out 5 stars in the completely meaningless universe of Amazon